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New York — While making his latest film "The Sapphires," Chris O'Dowd noticed a common thread between the indigenous Australian community and his own Irish heritage.

"I was really surprised by how similar Aboriginals and Irish people are, like in their mentality, particularly coming from that time," the 33-year-old actor said, noting both the Aboriginals and the Irish were fighting against oppression in their native lands.

In the film, based on a true story, O'Dowd plays manager to four young Aboriginal girls in a singing group called The Sapphires who are looking to secure a gig in Vietnam during the height of the war. But first he needs to get local audiences to look beyond the color of their skin.

"I think it's why the character as an Irish guy works quite well, because we're all part of the same team," O'Dowd said.

Aborigines are only 2.3 percent of Australia's 23 million people but are the poorest, »

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